Johnny Cloud was born on Dec. 15, 1933, in Lamesa, Tx. He was a very well rounded young man. Cloud, raised in Brownfield, Texas, was very active in his youth, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and he was also a standout on the football team graduating in 1953.
Cloud was introduced to boxing in 1953 when he entered the United States Army. He quickly excelled and won became the Army’s Lightweight Boxing Champion. Upon completion of his service to our country, Cloud was recruited as a member of the boxing team at Howard Payne University in the Fall of 1955. Cloud moved on to Cisco Junior College in the Spring of 1956 and was a member of the Track team.
Cloud arrived on the campus of the University of Corpus Christi in the Fall of 1956 as a sophomore. He achieved immediate success securing the Regional Lightweight Championship. During the 1956-1957 campaign, the Tarpon team won 62-of-78 bouts in team matches with members including Cloud moving on to state matches in Fort Worth. The success in the ring continued for Cloud during his junior year of 1957-58. The Tarpon team finished the season with a 66-16 record. Cloud won the Regional Lightweight Championship that year, once again representing the Islanders in Ft. Worth and had compiled and amazing career record of 150-10. By his senior year, Cloud had been a five-time entrant into the Texas Golden Gloves tournament. Due to an injury, Cloud only fought in three fights his senior year, but was instrumental in the team’s success serving as and as a trainer and assistant coach.
Prior to arriving in Corpus Christi, Cloud married Bunny (Fogle) Cloud in 1955 and started his family, so not only was Johnny attending school and boxing, but he was also raising a son. The Cloud family began a long career in the automobile sales business in 1959 in Killeen. The family was drawn back to Corpus Christi where they operated Johnny Cloud Motors during the 1960s. After Hurricane Celia in hit Corpus Christi in the Fall of 1970, the Cloud family relocated to Killeen, where Cloud would sell cars for an additional 35 years prior to his retirement in 2004.
Cloud’s passion in his adult life was raising and breeding quarter horses, which in time led to a passion for racing horses in the Cloud family. He and his sons owned several horses and competed throughout the state of Texas. Additionally, Cloud was very active with the Killeen Rodeo and has served as a Deacon at the Southside Church of Christ. Today, Cloud and his wife Bunny reside in Killeen and enjoy spending time with his three children Jeffery, Stacy (Kara), and Stephen as well as his six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.